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Gulfstream cuts plane production, announces layoffs

By WTOC staff

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Aircraft production of certain planes at Gulfstream is being cut as a result of a drop-off of backlogged orders and weak demand. The announcement was made Thursday by Gulfstream's parent company, General Dynamics.

In a news release, the company said it will cut production of large-cabin aircraft and deliveries of green-aircraft as well as reduce production of mid-size aircraft for 2009.

The company also stated it will layoff 1,200 workers nationwide. 

Robert Baugniet the spokesman for Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, said the 1,200 layoffs will include contract employees and full time employees and the layoffs will be spread out throughout the company, including production facilities in Savannah and Brunswick, GA, Appleton, WI, Dallas, TX and Longbeach, CA.

Baugniet said he does not now how many people in Savannah and Brunswick will be impacted at this time. He said the company plans to start telling contract employees on Monday.

In addition to the layoffs Baugniet said Gulfstream is planning a furlough of another 1,500 workers this summer. He said it will predominately effect the Savannah facility. Baugniet said the company plans to take a 5 week furlough sometime around the July 4 holiday. That means Gulfstream will shut down production and the employees will not get paid during that time.

Back in 2003, Gulfstream's Savannah facility furloughed 1,000 employees over the summer. 

Baugniet said the company plans to help all employees impacted by the furlough and layoffs file for unemployment. And the company will continue to pay benefits to the furloughed workers.

To read the full release from General Dynamics, visit www.generaldynamics.com.

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